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File #: 20-502    Version: 1 Name: Discussion on LEED and the Climate Action Plan
Type: Oral/Discussion Item Status: Filed
In control: Facilities & Transportation Committee
Meeting Date: 11/4/2020 Final action: 11/4/2020
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: LEED and the Climate Action Plan
Sponsors: Keith Cooke
Attachments: 1. Nov 2020 LEED and CAP goals
LEED and the Climate Action Plan


Staff will review the City's Municipal Code requirement for a minimum LEED rating for City-owned projects, the completed LEED projects and the future for this process.

This report is for information only.


On February 6, 2006, the City Council adopted a resolution that endorsed as reference standards for the City several leading publications for commercial and residential green building and sustainable landscaping. The resolution endorsed and promoted the use of the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for new commercial construction and remodeling. In May 2008, the Council subsequently approved an ordinance to mandate a Silver LEED rating for City-owned projects. The City also received Import Mitigation Funds from the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, also known as Stop Waste of approximately $90,000 yearly upon the implementation of the minimum Silver U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating for all City projects valued over $3 Million for several years thereafter.

The goal of the ordinance was to promote economic and environmental health in the City, through the design, construction, and operation of the City's own facilities. The ordinance was to provide leadership to both the private and public sectors by incorporating green building practices in City buildings. Green building practices enable the City to reduce its energy consumption and cut carbon emissions from its building operations.


The Climate Action Plan has set goals for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction, energy and water conservation, enhancement of public health, conservation of biological resources and ecological habitats and leadership in green buildings standards. The implementation of the LEED standards helps the City reach the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

The LEED Silver rating has been required for all...

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